2008 Volkswagen Passat Turbo 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Traded my '06 Touareg V8 for an '08 Passat Turbo 6-speed...and I couldn't be happier. I have never seen such a well-executed car at this price point (~25k). Standard feature level, build quality, interior materials, driving dynamics and character all add up to one fantastic machine. Yes, even the V- Tex upholstery feels like real leather. I'm averaging 29mpg, mostly highway, with less than 100 miles on the car. The engine pulls willingly in any gear with little to no turbo lag. The car features an electronic parking brake, push-button start and disc brake wiping- all normally found on much more expensive vehicles. I would challenge anyone to find a better car out there for the money.
Power, refinement, balance, fuel economy, room, build quality. Also, this is the best application of 'electronic power steering' I've seen yet- great road feel!
Make a 'true' manual transmission optional throughout the model line, or make more options available on the base model (sunroof, sirius, etc).
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